Woman Forced To Close Business After Refusing to Wax Male Genitals of Transgender Person

July 22, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Story

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A woman in Canada was forced to close her business following backlash for her refusal to wax the male genitals of trans activist Jessica Yaniv, formerly known as Jonathan Yaniv.

Yaniv filed a complaint with the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal seeking financial restitution.

According to Yaniv, estheticians should be obliged to provide a service like waxing to a female-identifying trans person and religious and cultural views should not interfere with the ability to access a service.

“The people that discriminated against me are forcing their beliefs on society,” said Yaniv, who is representing herself, while cross-examining her own mother who she called as a witness to the tribunal.

Marcia Da Silva, who is an immigrant from Brazil operated the business out of her home where her small children also live. Da Silva claims she refused to perform the procedure on the claimant, Jessica Yaniv, due to safety concerns raised by her husband and alleged harassment on Yaniv’s part and not because of the claimant’s identity.

During tribunal proceedings Da Silva claims that the incident directly led to her shutting down her business and losing it as a source of income for her family.

“Some of my clients have been very significantly affected on a personal level. [Another client also] closed her business, she has been depressed, anxious, sleepless and that has gone on for a period of many many months,” said her representative and Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms lawyer, Jay Cameron.

“It is a very serious thing to launch a human rights complaint against a person. My clients are people. They have a right to make a living and this has interfered with their livelihood, but also you have the stigma of being associated with this hanging over you.”

Yaniv has filed complaints against 15 other estheticians with the tribunal, claiming “gender identity” discrimination, as well.

The women Yaniv has filed complaints against are mostly poor immigrant women who speak English as a second language. He believes multiple women have likely been forced to shut down their businesses as a result of Yaniv’s complaints.

According to The Post Millennial, Yaniv has requested “Brazilian” bikini waxes from 16 Vancouver-area estheticians even though there are other waxers in the immediate region who offer a “Manzilian,” a different procedure specifically designed for waxing male genitalia.

 

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